29th January 2020 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Mansfield bags Houghton double

Mansfield bags Houghton double

(PHOTO – Clayton Mansfield; credit CJ du Plooy)

JOHANNESBURG, 29 January 2020 – Clayton Mansfield compiled a superb five-under 67 to win the IGT Race to Q-School #3 by two shots at Houghton Golf Club on Wednesday.

Mansfield’s 14-under total was two better than his nearest challengers, with Jason Froneman and Quintin Wilsnach sharing second, and his amateur playing partner Keagan Thomas finished alone in fourth on 10-under.

Houghton is proving a happy hunting ground for the Durban Country Club golfer Mansfield

This was his second victory at the course, after winning the IGT Challenge Tour’s Race to Q-School #5 in February last year. The victory this time is much sweeter though, and to triumph at the same venue over the full three rounds reaffirmed the dominance of Mansfield at the tight parkland layout.

“I won last year as I was leading after two rounds, and the final round was cancelled because the course was waterlogged,” he said.

“They called it off, and I happened to be on top. It felt like a win, but that I didn’t earn it. So I feel like this one today showed I can win.

“I did what I needed to do, and I came out on top. Under those circumstances I’d take that score any day. I set myself a goal of 14-under, if I shot five-under. If I can achieve that win or lose, I’ll be happy. If someone went out and shot 65 to beat me – well done to them.”

The former GolfRSA National Squad member reeled in six birdies, with three coming down the stretch, and just one bogey.

“I was a bit nervous, but that’s always a good thing. On five I hit a wedge from 110m to about three foot and made that for birdie to get my round going,” Mansfield explained.

“On seven, I holed a good 30-footer for birdie there, which gave me a lot of momentum. On 10 I got up and down by holing a 15-footer and at the next hole, I hit my approach fat and then hit my chip fat as well to make bogey. It took me by surprise, but I just tried to hang in there because I knew what I was doing would be good enough.”

The 25-year-old steadied the ship with two pars before three gains in a row starting at the par three 14th.

“On 14, I hit a perfect eight-iron from 165m to three foot. I birdied the par five 15th after hitting my second next to the green. On 16 I hit a seven-iron to six foot,” he said.

“So those were three crucial birdies. I knew I was tied at the top after 12 holes, so making those birdies coming down the stretch was key.”

A huge positive for Mansfield is that the Final Stage of the Sunshine Tour Q-school in March will also be at Houghton, and the win at the course will do wonders for his confidence.

“I definitely now go to Q-school with positive vibes, knowing that I’ve shot good numbers around there and that I’m capable. It’s such a mentally cruel week. You see all the good players there, the Sunshine Tour players that have lost their cards. Everyone there can play very good golf. This week has just reinforced that I’m in that upper echelon of players who can win,” he said.

Winning a Sunshine Tour card is high on the agenda for Mansfield.

“I’m looking to get a Sunshine Tour card. I’m going to play IGT at Krugersdorp, then I’ll come up for Q-School. It’s going to be the big decider. I either get my Sunshine Tour card or it’s another year on the Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour for me.”

Final Result

202 – Clayton Mansfield 65 70 67

204 – Jason Froneman 69 67 68, Quintin Wilsnach 67 68 69

206 – Keagan Thomas AMA 69 67 70

207 – Keaton Slatter 69 70 68

208 – Byron Coetzee 69 69 70, Teagan Moore 65 71 72

210 – Bryce Bibby 70 68 72

211 – Armand van Dyk AMA 74 65 72

212 – Paulo Serrao (POR) 73 68 71, Zachary Chegwidden AMA (ENG) 71 69 72, Albert Venter 70 68 74, Llewellyn Booysen 72 75 65

214 – Michael Pfeifer 72 71 71, Michael Kok 69 73 72, Richard Joubert 70 72 72, Jason Viljoen 72 70 72, Coert Groenewald 73 68 73

215 – Keanu Pestana 76 68 71, Albert Visser 70 74 71, Jason Rossiter 70 73 72, Zabastian de Jager 73 69 73, Jancarel Rossouw AMA 69 76 70, Luan Boshoff 72 73 70, Jack Duthie 70 72 73, Adam Breen AMA 69 72 74, Michael Schutz 75 72 68, Desne van den Bergh 74 73 68

216 – Jaco van der Merwe 71 69 76

217 – Neal Woernhard (SUI) 70 74 73, Thabang Simon 70 74 73, Brandon Gildenhuys AMA 74 70 73, John McClean (NIR) 73 73 71

218 – Liam Labuschagne 71 75 72

219 – Gareth Sargent 73 69 77, Dylan O’Leary 71 74 74

220 – Maverick Faber (FRA) 71 73 76, Ruhan van Dijk 75 70 75, Nico du Buisson 75 71 74

221 – Matt Saulez 74 72 75, Wesley du Toit AMA 73 73 75, Richard Kruger 67 79 75

222 – Leon van der Walt AMA 75 71 76, Elmo Barnard AMA 74 72 76, Stephan Erasmus 76 70 76

223 – Xander Basson AMA 74 73 76, Phumlani Maluka 73 74 76

224 – Carel du Plessis AMA 71 74 79, Simon du Plooy AMA 72 69 83, JC Coetzer 72 74 78

225 – Eric Nel 69 75 81, Kai-Alexander Brandkamp 77 70 78

226 – Divan Marais 71 75 80

Written and released by Lali Stander on behalf of the Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour.

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